Today I attended my very first Art Day as a guest artist. I was sooo excited and nervous to demonstrate my work in front of the children, but they were all very enthusiastic about the waterlilies I had chosen as a subject for today.
What the children did not learn is that I had a technology malfunction (the photo I had chosen for the demonstration and prepared for did not upload on my iPad) and the waterlilies were actually very much improvised…
Not exactly my best work, but it was really fun to paint for the little buzzing bees 🙂
One of the most enjoyable activities revolving around painting is the study of color… it can also prove to be one of the most frustrating ones too.
Every artist I know works with a base palette of familiar colors from which to build on to achieve the hues and nuances for desired effects. I am no exception, but I also love for my palette to be ever evolving.
As my creative attention gets pulled on to different techniques or subjects, colors evolve with the mood and tone of the scene and that in itself is a very rewarding and rather challenging experience.
Today I have been on a quest to find the perfect hue to represent what I call impressionist watercolor portraits, where model’s are depicted mostly by color work other than a detailed under drawing.
I am still far from achieving the hue I am looking, but I am having so much fun mixing colors… I might be missing it on purpose 🙂
I thought it would be fun to illustrate some characters from literature that caught my imagination. Here is the first 🙂
In the chair, at the far side of the room facing the outer door, sat a woman. Her long yellow hair rippled down her shoulders; her gown was green, green as young reeds, shot with silver beads of dew; and her belt was gold, shaped like a chain of flag-lilies set with pale-blue forget-me-nots. About her feet in wide vessels of green and brown earthenware, water-lilies were floating so that she seemed enthroned in the midst of a pool.” – J.J.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
I will be taking as break from art posting tonight and just share the excitement and frustration of a different type of creativity…
I have been thinking about it for a while and brewed over and brainstormed on it for several months (years perhaps), but, among the awful illness spell and a very stressful work/life routine, I have finally com around to work on creating a web site for my art!
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am and, at the same time, very frustrated with the whole process… health getting in the way at project start was not a fun thing…
I feel like I am getting back on track these days and hopefully I will be able to publish my humble little art corner soon!